Launching at TechCrunch Disrupt

Written by Rajat Bhargava on September 12, 2013

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This past week we launched JumpCloud® at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference. We were excited to present our Directory-as-a-Service® vision and platform. We were selected out of hundreds of startups to present on stage as a finalist in their Battlefield competition. While we didn’t win the competition, we were still honored to be a part of an amazing group of startups! The ideas and concepts that our fellow entrepreneurs have come up with are truly inspiring. They made for fierce competitors, for sure. Being selected was a testament to building the next generation Identity-as-a-Service platform.

The folks at TechCrunch – Susan, Alexia, Sam, Alex W. and others – are consummate professionals. They were totally on the ball, which helped us create a pretty compelling 6 minute talk! It’s not easy to capture the essence of your company in 6 minutes, especially with thousands of people watching who all have different backgrounds and interests — knowing your audience is hard in that scenario. It’s also challenging to present a SaaS-based cloud directory service that is aimed at IT admins and not the general consumer. Thankfully, the TechCrunch crew has done it many times before and clearly knew how to pull off a great show. Also, Alex Williams did a nice job of covering our launch in his article.

We enjoyed our time on stage and thought that the presentation was able to capture what we are doing as a company and how we plan to do it. The judges, Matthew Prince – CEO of CloudFlare, in particular asked great questions. Matthew clearly understood our business very well and was quite thoughtful.

Looking Forward to Revisiting Techcrunch Disrupt

All in all, Disrupt was a wonderful place for us to launch our company and we are thankful to the TechCrunch crew for including us in their event. We appreciated the opportunity that they gave us and hope that we can come back to next year’s event as successful alumni!

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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